Robert G. Heimbecker

Media Arts Program for young campers with cancer

Robert Heimbecker
Kids shouldn’t have to worry about surgery and chemotherapy.

Film and TV producer and philanthropist Robert G. Heimbecker is helping young people with cancer to shine. Robert’s generosity is enriching lives by giving children and youth who have had a cancer diagnosis the opportunity to explore their creativity and experience the adventures every young person deserves.

Originally from Calgary, the 45-year-old entrepreneur has a close connection to cancer. His father, Grant Heimbecker, had been a cancer survivor.

Motivated by a desire to help others, Robert established the R.G. Heimbecker Foundation in 2014. Soon after, he chose to make a leadership gift to the Canadian Cancer Society. Donating to the Society was a way for Robert to honour the memory of his parents by helping children at Camp Goodtimes, the Society’s pediatric oncology camp in British Columbia.

In 2015 the R.G. Heimbecker Media Arts Program was established to recognize Robert Heimbecker’s outstanding contribution to the health and well-being of children and youth who have experienced cancer. Today, the R.G. Heimbecker Media Arts Program at Camp Goodtimes offers year-round support and opportunities for childhood cancer patients and young survivors to nurture their creative talents.

“Kids shouldn’t have to worry about surgery and chemotherapy,” says Robert. “Kids should be able to just be kids.”

Through the R.G. Heimbecker Media Arts Program, children and teenagers who have been affected by cancer participate in acting and photography workshops and explore film-making , song-writing and music production. Robert Heimbecker’s gift to children and families will be forever captured in the precious images, sounds, memories and dreams of children and youth who have faced cancer and found friendship through Camp Goodtimes.

“I know I’ve been fortunate in my life,” says Robert. “Philanthropy is a way for me to give back by making a positive difference in other people’s lives.”

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